When I finally figured out who and what Asere was and what he was doing, I contacted him (this is before anyone but he and I knew about the site).
And instead of “coming to the table” this so called “reputable” man told me that no one would believe me and tried to hack the website. (Yes. I have proof.)
This article focuses on white women, however this has been my experience with Asere and his minions. So just replace the names in this article with anyone in his circle – AND I MEAN ANYONE!
“During that meeting, I was informed that Kelly was nervous about being so close to me and to how I am willing name people and things when hugging our way to freedom inevitably fails. Why? Because she needed to “protect her reputation” so she could get a book deal, or keep her fragile, White clients happy.” via The Faceless: On Whiteness & Emotional Assassination https://medium.com/@alxpmorgan/the-faceless-on-whiteness-emotional-assassination-2a9dbf1f7a51
None of them are interested in healing unless in includes blaming a white person or for media/social media publicity.
They don’t want to talk about how I gathered Black psychologists to hold a healing space for those after the Akai Gurley trail and only one person showed up – yet they were quickly back in the streets yelling about their trauma.
So yeah — As long as they keep exploiting our pain and protecting Asere without questioning his deeds in Crystal House, why he REALLY holds on to the house (he doesn’t even own) and his manipulation of those who depend on him for housing, finances and acknowledgement, names will fall.
The pic above is from his email to me.
1st: Let’s define Machismo
“Machismo is the sense of being ‘manly’ and self-reliant, the concept associated with “a strong …. These are the same discourses that argue that Latino masculinity (machismo) is defined by violence, recklessness, and misogyny.”
Now if I need to explain why this (his self-proclaimed machismo) is problematic, nothing on this site will make sense to you and you’re probably someone who protects predators in our communities.
2nd: How is having an “issue of communication” a benefit in the work you do as a community leader/organizer, Baba/Awo, spiritual counselor, and someone who works with young people?
3rd: Your Anger is definitely an unaddressed issue that I saw rear its ugly head when we were together. But I guess it’s not anything to be concerned about in the work you do, right?
Asere, my question to you is:
What exactly are you doing to continue (and I quote from your closing statement), “…explore and transform how oppression and pain operate at the deepest level of our being and learn to understand how it is a present that is living and breathing within us.” AND how are you holding yourself accountable other than calling women Queens and Goddesses? (Or is that you still don’t see how YOU ARE part of the problem? Just because YOU don’t see it, does not mean there’s not a problem.)